Chief of Defense Staff Visits SNMG2 Flagship HNLMS Evertsen

May 18, 2019 (Google Translation) – “The camaraderie on board and the way you do your work is great! We really need you. ”Armed Forces Rob Bauer said this during an Alle Hens aboard Sr. Ms Evertsen during the voyage from Split (Croatia) to Durrës (Albania). He visited the ship that currently serves as a staff ship for the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2).

He spoke on board with the staff about their work and experiences, but also about the employment conditions. He explained the latest state of affairs and expressed the hope that an agreement would soon be reached.

Admiral Bauer visited various service subjects during a tour on board. For example, he helped release the bunches and stood on the bridge when leaving the port of Split. He also assisted with a reloading exercise by the Goalkeeper, he participated in the cake baking competition ‘Heel Evertsen Bakt’ for charity and he was present during the preparations for the helicopter detachment for an evening flight.

Evertsen is part of the SNMG2 until the end of June. The fleet link is the maritime component of the NATO Response Force and is currently led by the Dutch commander Boudewijn Boots. With this permanent rapid reaction force, the alliance responds quickly and flexibly to security situations.

For the Netherlands, the safety environment has become less stable and predictable in recent years. This is partly due to changes in the balance of power in the world. For example, in recent years Russia has proved willing to deploy military resources in, for example, Georgia, Ukraine and Syria.